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A thrilling third ODI between the Australians and the West Indies at St. Vincent ended in a memorable tie. Batting first, the Aussies posted an under par 220 runs, bowled out on the penultimate ball of their innings. Michael Hussey (67) and George Bailey (59) both made half centuries for the visitors before an incredible late order collapse saw them lose 6 wickets for 18 runs towards the end of the innings. The West Indies in contrast had their woes at the top of the order as they slid to 78/5 in response with 45 of those runs coming from the bat of rookie Charles Johnson. However, useful 30s from Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh and Andre Russell inched them closer to the target with the equation finally coming down to 7 to win from the last over with just a wicket in hand. The Windies got 6 of those before skipper Darren Sammy was run out on the fourth ball as the game ended in the third ever tie between these two sides and the first since that dramatic game in Georgetown in 1999 when Steve Waugh needed 6 to win in the last over and scored 4 before a pitch invasion saw him run out while attempting the tieing run! (the match referee decided given the circumstances to declare the game a tie)
The final game of the triple header in Kingstown, St. Vincent kicked off on Tuesday with Australia and West Indies deadlocked at 1-1 in this 5 match series. The flip of the coin went Australia's way and once again it was the visitors who made first use of what was a considerably better batting wicket. Australia made a surprising change weakening a struggling batting line-up by dropping Peter Forrest and calling up offspinner Nathan Lyon in his place. The Windies meanwhile named an unchanged line-up.
Australia made a brisk start, racing along to 34 inside 6 overs before Shane Watson was run out for 10, failing to beat a direct hit from Andre Russell. The exit of Forrest meant that Matthew Wade could be bumped up the order to no.3, but his struggles with the bat continued as he was flummoxed by Sunil Narine, out for just 2. David Warner at the other end had blazed away to 37 but fell to the medium pace of Windies skipper Darren Sammy, who found his outside edge. At 58/3 in the 15th over Australia were a bit behind what they would have liked and a partnership was desperately needed to add some stability to a faltering line-up.
The Aussies got what they needed as George Bailey and Michael Hussey put together 112 runs for 4th wicket, but those runs did not come at an alarming pace so the game stayed very much in the balance. Both men made half-centuries before falling to the part-time offspin of Marlon Samuels. Hussey's exit for 67 set the stage for an astonishing collapse as the Aussies slid from 202/4 to 220 all out within the space of 23 deliveries. Kemar Roach removed David Hussey and Brett Lee on consecutive legal deliveries (a wide in between) to start the rout before the unplayable Sunil Narine came back to clean up the tail, finishing with figures of 3-32. The Aussies played out almost the entire 50 overs, but would have been disappointed to have scored just 220 runs.
The West Indies made a decent start to their reply with the opening pair of Kieran Powell and Johnson Charles adding 27 before the former was stumped off Xavier Doherty for 12. Charles responded to the pressure by smashing 3 boundaries off Clint McKay in the next over, while Doherty continued to the cat and mouse game between the two teams with a maiden over to follow. Shane Watson decided to keep some overs from Doherty up his sleeve and turned to Nathan Lyon instead, who sneaked in a few quiet overs.
It was Watson though who proved to be Australia's saviour as he picked up the big wickets of Marlon Samuels (2) and Darren Bravo (0) in his 3rd over to rattle the Windies. Just like Australia in their innings, the West Indies were 52/3 in 14 overs and a close contest seemed very much on the cards.
Watson continued to have a stellar outing with the ball and picked up this third wicket, that of Charles Johnson for a competent 45. Xavier Doherty then chipped in with his second to remove Dwayne Bravo for 13 as the West Indies slipped to a rickety 78/5.
Kieran Pollard and Carlton Baugh played contrasting innings to keep the game alive with the former striking 2 sixes on his way to a quickfire 36 before Lyon got the better of him. While Baugh continued to keep an end up, Andre Russell showed his ability with the long handle to inch West Indies closer to an unlikely win. Heading in to the last 11 overs, the hosts needed 61 to win with 4 wickets in hand.
Russell (37) had some luck in an incredible 40th over which saw him bowled off a no-ball and then bowled again off the subsequent free-hit. His luck ran out though in the 43rd over when he edged a routine Clint McKay delivery through to the keeper. McKay made it a crucial double blow by removing the other set batsman Carlton Baught for 33 in his next over leaving the Windies with 30 to win from as many deliveries with just 2 wickets in hand.
A maiden over from Brett Lee to Sunil Narine put some immense pressure on the young shoulders of the rookie spinner, who responded by spanking Shane Watson for consecutive boundaries in the next over to bring the equation back to a run a ball from the last 3 overs. Lee, however, once again answered his captain's call by having Narine caught at cover for 10, bringing last man Kemar Roach out to the middle.
The ball was tossed to young Xavier Doherty for the penultimate over, and Roach swept the first ball to the boundary to bring the equation down to 9 from 11. The spinner came back well though to concede just 2 runs in the next 5 balls leaving Brett Lee with 7 to defend in the final over. A boundary from Darren Sammy on the third ball of the over tied the scores, leaving the Windies with just 1 to win from the last three deliveries. Sadly for the hosts though they committed hara-kiri on the next ball as their indecisiveness while attempting to sneak a single left the players stranded and Brett Lee effected an easy run out to bring an end to this game with the scores tied.
It was a heart breaking result for the West Indies where a tie felt as bad as a loss having come so close to an upset win. With 3 games in Kingstown unable to choose a winner between these two sides, the teams now head over to St. Lucia where they will play the last two games of this entertaining series on Friday and Sunday.
West Indies: S Watson, D Warner, M Wade, G Bailey, M Hussey, D Hussey, D Christian, C McKay, X Doherty, B Lee, N Lyon.
Australia: J Charles, K Powell, D Bravo, M Samuels, D Bravo, K Pollard, A Russell, C Baugh, D Sammy, S Narine, K Roach.
Australia 220 all out (49.5 overs, 4.41rpo)
M Hussey 67 (95) S Narine 3-32
G Bailey 59 (87) M Samuels 2-39
West Indies 220 all out (49.4 overs, 4.41rpo)
J Charles 45 (56) S Watson 3-30
K Pollard 36 (43) X Doherty 2-30
File Photograph Copyright: Barry Zee
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